Hope Springs Eternal
The love between Juliet and her Romeo is an epiphany. Perfect. Euphoric in that shiny, first-love fashion. But the world beyond the balcony is not nearly so warm, as familial war games play out with bloody abandon. These two have plans to rise above it all. We hold our collective breath and hope they succeed. The love story by which all others are measured, Romeo and Juliet exudes poetry, bliss and unabashed heartbreak - a story that means more with every encounter; the greatest of its (or perhaps any) kind.
Romeo is looking for some distraction when he and his friends decide to crash a Capulet ball. There he meets Juliet and the two instantly fall in love. But when her hot-blooded cousin Tybalt finds out there were Montagues at the family party, he becomes furious in a way that can only end in bloodshed; setting in motion a chain of events that will leave a trail of blood and broken hearts in one of Shakespeare's most renowned tragedies.
Run time: 3 hours, including one 20-minute intermission.
|Voice & Text Coach||Gigi Buffington|
|Costume Design||Rachel Anne Healy†|
|Scenic Design||Takeshi Kata†|
|Lighting Design||Michael A. Peterson|
|Sound Design & Original Music||Josh Schmidt†|
|Fight Director||Matt Hawkins|
|Stage manager||Sarah Deming-Henes*|
|Escalus, Prince of Verona||James Pickering*|
|Mercutio, friend of Romeo and kinsman of the Prince||Nate Burger|
|Paris, suitor of Juliet||Matt Schwader*|
|Montague, head of a Veronese family at feud with Capulets||John Taylor Phillips*|
|Lady Montague||Anne E. Thompson|
|Romeo, son of Montague||Christopher Sheard|
|Benvolio, friend of Romeo||Jeb Burris*|
|Abram, servant of the Montagues||Cordell Cole|
|Balthasar, servant of the Montagues||Chris Klopatek|
|Capulet, head of a Veronese family at feud with Montagues||James Ridge*|
|Lady Capulet||Tracy Michelle Arnold*|
|Juliet, daughter of Capulet||Melisa Pereyra*|
|Tybalt, nephew of Lord & Lady Capulet||Eric Parks*|
|Nurse of Juliet||Colleen Madden*|
|Friar John||Robert R. Doyle|
|Peter, servant of the Capulets||Marco Lama|
|Sampson, servant of the Capulets||Jake Penner|
|Gregory, servant of Capulets||Tim Gittings|
|Friar Laurence||John Pribyl*|
|An Apothecary||Abbey Siegworth*|
|*||Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers|
|**||Member of Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, an Independent Labor Union|
|†||Member of United Scenic Artists|
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